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Easy - (S01E04)

Comedy . Drama

Easy explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture. The comedy-drama is said to consist of eight-stand-alone episodes showcasing the diversity of the city itself, focusing on characters from different neighborhoods and economic backgrounds.

Episode Title: Controlada
Airs: 2016-09-22 at
  • Robert Lloyd

    A naturalistic comedy of modern manners set among the young, less young and undeniably middle-aged people of Chicago, it's another basket of goodies turned up on the doorstep in a fall season barely started yet already full of them.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    Subtext gives Easy its tart edge, emboldening it with an obsessiveness that resists fashionable platitudes. Swanberg captures the frictions between men and women and yuppies and bohemians, revealing a common core of fear that the other has got it better.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ben Travers

    For as easy as it would be to get lost in the look and feel of the new series, Swanberg has a lot to say with Easy. Some arguments may be more compelling than others, and Easy itself is distinctly understated in almost every regard (much like its setting).

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    There are moments in each episode when a disarming sincerity shines through, and you realize that you’re seeing that rarity of rarities: television characters who are having substantive, free-ranging conversations about something other than their own needs, and finding themselves getting closer to something like mutual understanding. This is hard to do without coming off as pompous or Polyannaish, but Easy makes it look easy.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Bernard Boo

    The themes and situations Swanberg and co. explore are so specific and relatable they sting.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Danette Chavez

    Ratajkowski’s insightful observations cut through Maron’s monologues, but there’s no clear winner, of course. There are no buttons here so much as pins in a discussion. Swanberg’s modular approach to storytelling offers one of the few true snacking options among Netflix’s binging fare, which is almost as satisfying.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    And yet one wishes that Swanberg had tried a bit harder to get out of his intimate, meandering comfort zone. It would be interesting to see what Swanberg would produce if he gave himself a more difficult challenge.

    Variety Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The Maron episode, the fifth, is the best of the bunch, and feels at least somewhat biographical. ... Other episodes have a tendency to feel narratively forced. Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    The low-key, improvisatory nature of the work can strike some as remarkably natural and authentic, and others as fingernails-on-the-blackboard exasperating. ... [The actors are] all good, though only Ms. Mbatha-Raw really breaks through the restraints of the short format and delivers something powerful.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Caroline Framke

    It throws a wide array of actors, including Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Aya Cash, Marc Maron, Elizabeth Reaser, Orlando Bloom, and Raúl Castillo, into varying scenarios about love, sex, marriage, and everything in between, and the results are, predictably, mixed. In the end, though, the series indulges way more mundane ramblings than anything particularly interesting. Full Review

  • anthology

  • female nudity

  • topless female nudity

  • topical

  • culture

  • relationship

  • chicago